Lecture given by Mark Solms on the 150th anniversary of Freud's birth. Discussing Freud's major insights in the light of the most recent neuroscientific research. This lecture also serves as one of the best introductions to the interdisciplinary field of neuropsychoanalysis. Recently characterized by Georg Northoff as âthe nodal point between philosophy and the neurosciencesâ, neuropsychoanalysis is a rapidly developing new interdisciplinary research field, combing research from psychoanalysis, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology and attachment research, bridging the gap between biological and psycho-social perspectives and providing a fresh approach to the ancient problem of the relation between mind and body. It is leading to a renewed interest in the findings of psychoanalysis from experimental researchers in psychology and the neurosciences, and is allowing many of the seemingly untestable claims of the former to be put to the test for the first time. Current research include topics such as emotion, memory, dreams, psychosis, depression, anxiety, attachment, neurological and psychological disorders, consciousness and the unconscious. Neuropsychoanalysis aims to be a bridge between various disciplines and to encourage dialogue between neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts and all others concerned with the living mind/brain.
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